We provide the following services to children and their families for birth to adulthood (18 years):
An intake interview and general asessment will be completed with the child and family. This initial visit takes about 1 hour. Family is able to identify and prioritize therapy goals. Your child’s strengths and weaknesses will be reviewed and a plan for intervention will be established. Formal assessment and written reports are availble, but are not a manditory part of the assessment process.
Individual Therapy Sessions
Following an assessment individual therapy sessions may be recommended for your child. Therapy is available in 30 minute, 40 minute or 60 minute sessions. Therapy involves working directly with your child on activities that develop their skills, and build their confidence. Specific recommendation are provided following each session. Suggestions may also be provided for community caregivers, schools, and/or other health personnel upon the family’s request.
Sessions can be conducted within a client home or in an intervention setting arranged by Kidbility Occupational Therapy. Sessions may also be provided in pairs or small groups when applicable.
Inservices may be developed in collaboration with stakeholders to provide information and strategies to enable success. Sharon has extensive experience providing inservices to caregivers and educational staff in both community, elementary and middle school settings. Inservices may focus on intervention for a specific diagnostic group (i.e FASD or ASD) or may be more general (i.e. Developing fine motor skills in young children).
Kidbility Occupational Therapy provides services to children in the following areas.
GROSS MOTOR MOVEMENTS
Gross motor skills involve the movement and control of large muscles in the body. The strength and control of these muscles affect balance, walking, jumping and general coordination.
Children with gross motor difficulties may demonstrate:
- poor body awareness, clumsiness, bump and trip frequently
- difficulty jumping, hopping, climbing stairs and riding a bike
- difficulty participating in physical forms of recreation
- avoidance of gross motor activities/ preference for sedentary activities
- delay in developing motor milestones, e.g. walking
Kidbility provides functional and fun activities that help develop balance, strength and endurance.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body and hand. Fine motor strength and dexterity affect a child’s ability to write, use scissors and other tools, and perform self-care tasks.
Children with fine motor difficulties may demonstrate:
- difficulty holding or using pencil correctly
- difficulty trying shoelaces or using cutlery
- difficulty manipulation small objects like buttons, zippers or small toys
- avoidance of fine motor tasks
- difficulty using scissors
- difficulty with printing
- immature drawing and colouring skills
- difficulty planning how to complete a fine motor movement
- poor strength and control in their hand
Kidbility is able to provide suggestions for family to build your child’s fine motor skills in fun and functional ways that can fit into your family’s busy schedule.
Children with handwriting difficulties may demonstrate:
- poor pencil grasp
- incorrectly formed letters
- reversals of letters and numbers
- poor legibility or organization of print size or placement on the page
- slow writing speed
Kidbility provides a multisensory approach to print development that focuses on using to your child’s strengths to help him/her learn proper letter formation, organization and strategies to increase speed and legibility. Sharon is experienced in a variety of different printing approaches and uses a variety of programs and tools to make printing functional and fun.
SELF CARE SKILLS
Parents want to help their children be independent and successful. Kids are expected to dress, feed, brush their teeth and perform other self care tasks with increasing speed, and independence throughout childhood. Difficulty performing these activities can be frustrating for children, parents and other caregivers.
Children who have difficulty with self care skills may have difficulty:
- using cutlery
- doing up buttons, zippers and other fasteners
- getting dressed and learning to tie shoelaces
- getting ready for school
- difficulties with toilet training
Kidbility is able to provide services that target your child specific needs.
We all rely on our sensory systems to receive information for the world around us We receive sensory input through sights, sounds, touch, tastes, smell and movement. We use this information to organize our movements, choices and our behaviour. Many children experience differences in the way they perceive and process sensory inputs. These differences can affect all areas of a child life including difficulties in:
- Heightened response, increase sensitivity to some inputs (sound, movement, clothing, etc)
- Aggressive, anxious or impulsive behaviour when overwhelmed with sensory input
- Upset by transitions and unexpected changes
- Increase need or desire for an input or movement ( crashing, bumping, jumping, chewing)
- Often licks, sucks or chews on non-food items such as pencil, hair and clothes
- Being a picky eater
- Difficulty calming down